Goldsmiths' planned art gallery

We're indebted to Transpontine, whose fantastic account of the history of Laurie Grove Baths in New Cross also mentions its possible future use as a gallery for Goldsmiths exhibitions.

The baths, located just off Lewisham Way in the centre of New Cross, were built at the turn of the last century and the pool was in use until 1991, before being converted into an art school for Goldsmiths in 1994.

Now, Goldsmiths plans to convert the old water tower in to a gallery space to display students' work and host events. The designs, which have secured planning permission, look pretty cool: a dramatic weathered steel entrance leads up to a display space in the old water tanks:

The gallery itself will be contained within the existing metal water tanks – a secondary structure will be built within the tanks to provide suitable fixings for hanging artworks and to support to a new roof, without penetrating or damaging the listed fabric.

To prevent intruding on the existing tanks, ventilation and heating services for the gallery will be external above the ‘inner roofs’ feeding through the new roof and into the gallery. The air-handling plant will be located on the roof of the new entrance, minimising duct runs.

The existing profiled metal roof will be removed and replaced with a new dark grey, profiled metal, ‘sawtooth’ construction. The new roof will control light conditions within the gallery and will be slightly higher than the current pitched roof to allow sufficient depth for the north lights. The new gallery will wrap around the existing chimney which will remain the principal
feature of the western frontage of the building.

Goldsmiths is currently trying to secure funding for the project.


Anonymous said...

wouldn't it be nioer and do more for the community if they reopened Laurie Grove baths???

New Cross neglected said...

...or redevelop the stretch of shops they own on New Cross Road (which currently houses Cafe Crema and Prangsta) into some gallery space.

Mantis said...

Why should Goldsmiths, an educational institution open a public swimming bath?! Not discounting the fact that the pool is filled in and it would cost several million to do.

Goldsmiths has done a lot for New Cross over the years, but I don't think becoming a leisure provider is part of its remit.

Anonymous said...

If would be a good idea if Goldsmith buy more properties nearby.

Brockley Jon said...

Yep, I'm 100% behind this. Makes sense that Goldsmiths have their own gallery to showcase talent, will draw a lot of newcomers to NX hence giving a much needed boost to the area.

Matt-Z said...

This does seem a good idea and the render is interesting.

Goldsmiths used to have their own gallery, it was converted into IT space. It's the curved brick building at the end of the glass-fronted IT suite* on Lewisham Way, opposite Le Fez.

Goldsmiths has a mixed track record with buildings in New Cross - some are excellent and really improve the area, others are eyesores like the hall of residence around the corner from the Marquis of Granby.

*This somehow won an architecture award.

D said...

Is there a global protractor shortage or something that I've missed? Why is it that modern architects only seem to be able to use 90 and 45 degree angles?

Anonymous said...

The pool isn't filled in as far Im aware. It has flooring but I don't believe the pools are entirely filled in.

The shops on New Cross Road that they own should be done up and rented out before this.

Anonymous said...

Here's a 360 degree view of the pool, note the rocks.

Anonymous said...

So a university with a top rated arts faculty (it is you know) wants to spend money on a facility to strengthen its reputation. why is that seen as a bad idea? A university with a strong Enginering reputation would possibly want to build a new research lab. Universities are being cut loose to fend for themselves, that means they have to attract students.

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